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The spirit of an ancient evil queen posesses the body of a young anthropological student, who then goes on a murderous rampage.
This is one of those movies that people will describe as "so bad it's good" (surely the Terminator/South Sea Queen of dumb shit to say about a movie), and I get where they're coming from - there's some goofy stuff going on here, with a lot of truly weird performances and creative choices all around, and two leads who fall in love while sharing romantic chemistry roughly equal to that of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton in the original Terminator movie. But don't be fooled: This is a one-of-a-kind blast to the synapses, and one thing I'd forgotten in the three years since I saw it last is how great it looks - atmospherically shot with the kind of literally explosive action that makes you feel happy you're alive. Fuckin' A.
It's impossible to overstate how satisfying this is as an example of trash cinema. Justly revered as an all-time facemelter.
I've written extensively about why I love knock-off movies. The great ones are like great cover songs: they reveal what the essence of the original is, maybe by hyper-focusing on it, maybe by exaggerating it. Then there's the differences: they tell you about who the audiences were and who the filmmakers were.
Lady Terminator is just about the best of them all. Wall to wall entertaining, competently, if not expertly crafted on a technical level, it contains within it some completely recreated moments from James Cameron's The Terminator nestled comfortably between some of the weirdest ideas ever to grace a movie screen (and before you ask, yes, I've seen Eddie Murphy's last several movies). An Indonesian black magic curse wriggles…
A ridiculous Indonesian B-movie rip-off of The Terminator, released by Mondo Macabro. So there's this queen who lives under the sea and is very horny. She fucks with people, then kills them with an eel inside her vagina that bites their cocks off. Until there comes this blond stud who fucks her real good, makes the eel come out and turns it into a dagger. Infuriated, she casts a curse on him, saying that in 100 years she will have her revenge on his great granddaughter. Fast forward 100 years, a student anthropologist studies the legend of this queen. She goes scuba diving to find the queen's castle. She finds it. There, an eel enters her vagina so now she's…
I saw the face of God.
"Snake, get the Panzer!"
Snake (Adam Stardust) rolls up in a Panzer.
This begins as a strange Indonesian fantasy (not unlike Mystics in Bali) and morphs into pure '80s action, with poor dubbing and the leather-clad title character killing everything in sight. It's exactly as fun as it sounds, and I wish they had made more films in this vein, like Lady RoboCop. A trash cinema classic.
Week #28 in my 2016 Cult Movie Challenge - Mondo Macabro Week
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aka Pembalasan ratu pantai selatan, Nasty Hunter, Shooting Star
It took me a little while to get into this but once I realised it was a gender swapped rip-off of James Cameron's classic, filtered through Indonesian fantasy, I was onboard. This was helped by whole scenes, lines and plot beats being stolen and it's gradual shift to pure action. With a high body count and a low IQ, this is inspired nonsense who's cult classic status was surely sealed by it's crazy finale.
"I've heard of the ultimate blowjob but this... this is too much."
Terminator fans are way cooler than Ghostbusters fans because no one threw a hissy fit when this came out.
"I'm not a woman, I'm an anthropologist!!!"
Also known as Nasty Hunter, presumaby because it's about a woman with a hunter hidden up her nasty, the hunter in question being an eel that bites the dicks off all the men she fucks. And that's quite a lot of men, because she's a nymphomaniac. She wasn't always an eel-vaginaed nymphomaniac though, originally she was just an anthropologist called Tania, but then she got cursed by the South Seas Queen for reasons only known to the keepers of sexploitation cinema. But the film doesn't continue in that vein, because it switches into a Terminator clone, with Tania suddenly becoming a heavily-armed, unstoppable machine in pursuit of a pop singer with a family connection to the Queen. Cue an insane…
Where else are you going to find the Indonesian myth of the South Sea Queen mixed into a Terminator knock off? Why would you want to look anywhere else?
This film has a lot more depth than one would expect going in. Yes, the lines, acting, and editing are corny, but structurally it may be better than most action films out there. The low points rarely get in the way of the gripping action horror. Lady Terminator somewhat contradictorily presents the kind of diversity of both race and gender that Hollywood has been trying to capture for decades. Thematically, it's also very strong, using anxieties of modern sexuality and the collision of traditional Indonesian values and the sudden influx of American '80s culture. Most of the laughable moments--the ones that would end up on YouTube--wouldn't be out of place in an American '80s machismo action flick. Instead, it's more…
"Do you guys serve BEER in here, or just MILK?!"
More than 1200 movies of pure 80's horror!
When I created this list, I didn't remember to add the…